Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Inn
    Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Synonymous with hotel as understood in this country. See 62 Am. Dec. 587, note.

  • Inn
    Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An inn is a house where a traveler is furnished with everything which he has occasion for while on his way. Thompson v. Lacy, 3 Barn. & Aid. 287; Wintermute v. Clark, 5 Sandf. (N. Y.) 242; Walling v. Potter, 35 Chnn. 185. And see Hotel. Under the term "inn" the law includes all taverns, hotels, and houses of publlc general entertainment for guests. Code Ga. 1882, § 2114. The words "inn," "tavern," and "hotel" are used synonymously to designate what is ordinarily and popularly known as an "inn" or "tavern," or place fur the entertainment of travelers, and where all their wants can be supplied. A restaurant where meals only are furnished is not an inn or tavern. People v. Jones, 54 Barb. (N. Y.) 311; Carpenter v. Taylor. 1 Hilt. (N. Y.) 193. An inn is distinguished from a private boarding-house mainly in this: that the keeper of the latter is at liberty to choose his guests, while the innkeeper is obliged to entertain and furnish ali travelers of good conduct and means of payment with what they may have occasion foe, as such travelers, while on their way Pinkerton v. Woodward, 33 Cal. 557, 91 Am. Dec. 657. The distinction between a boarding-house and an inn ia that in the former the guest is under an express contract for a certain time at a certain rate; in the latter the guest is entertained from day to day upon an implied contract Willard v. Reinhardt, 2 E. D. Smith (N. Y.) 148.
    —Common inn. A house for the entertainment of travelers and passengers, in which lodging and necessaries are provided for them and for their horses and attendants. Cromwell v. Stephens, 2 Daly (N. Y.) 15. The word "common," in this connection, does not appear to add anything to the common-law definition of an inn, except in so far as it lays stress on the fact that the house is for the entertainment of the general public or for all suitable persons who apply for accommodations.